Capranica Prize

2016 Capranica Prize Winner

The Capranica Neuroethology Prize is named in honor of Robert and Patricia Capranica to provide an annual prize for recognition of outstanding achievement or future promise in the field of neuroethology.

A prize consisting of $1,000 (US) will be awarded to a promising young investigator who is the author of a paper published online or in print during the previous calendar year, which is judged to be the most outstanding in terms of scientific significance in the field of neuroethology on the basis of criteria including: novelty of the scientific discovery, implications for scientific technical advancement, or importance for advancement of knowledge.

The winner of the 2016 Capranica Prize is Tatsuo Okubo (MIT) for his paper entitled “Growth and splitting of neural sequences in songbird vocal development",  Tatsuo S. Okubo, Emily L. Mackevicius, Hannah L. Payne, Galen F. Lynch, and  Michaela S. Fee, published in 2015 in Nature.

Our warmest congratulations to Tatsuo!

Application Guidelines and Eligibility

The student must be first author on the submitted paper and must have played a major role in the inception and execution of the study. A secondary consideration shall be the accomplishments of the investigator such as other papers published, awards earned, leadership in societies and student organizations.

Eligible candidates must be either graduate students or postdoctoral trainees who have received their doctoral degree within the previous five years. Either the nominee or the advisor must be a member of ISN.

Applicants should submit (either by postal mail or by e-mail in PDF format) a brief statement of their qualifications and the significance of their published paper, a copy of the paper, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of reference from their graduate or postdoctoral advisor that details the role of the applicant in the published study as well as the overall accomplishments of the young investigator. The cash prize will be awarded to the recipient and their name will be announced at the next International Congress of Neuroethology.

Applications for the 2017 award are no longer being accepted.  The deadline for consideration for the 2018 award is April 30, 2018. All materials must reach the ISN office by April 30, 2018.
Applications for the 2017 award are no longer being accepted.  The deadline for consideration for the 2018 award is April 30, 2018. All materials must reach the ISN office by April 30, 2018.
Applications for the 2018 award are no longer being accepted.  

Selection of the recipient of the Prize will be based entirely on scientific merit, irrespective of race, creed, sex, age, or nationality. Donations to the fund supporting this Prize are welcome; please contact the above address.


Past Recipients
1987: Anne M. Schneiderman
1988: William N. Frost
1989: Caroly A. Shumway
1990: Russell F. Huffman
1991: Michael S. Brainard
1992: Ginger S. Withers
1993: Laura C. Streichert
1994: Eric T. Vu
1995: Ari Berkowitz
1996: Michael B. Ferrari
1997: Christopher L. Passaglia
1998: Kenneth C. Catania
1999: John E. Lewis
2000: Anthony Leonardo
2001 Joseph A. Sisneros
2002 Daphne Soares
2003 Jörg Oestreich
2004 Claire N. Balint
2005: Mimi H. Kao
2006: DaYu Lin
2007: Kevin L. Briggman
2008: Marcos Gridi-Papp & Stanley Heinze
2009: Simon Peron & Aaron Andalman
2011: Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido
2012: Michael Yartsev
2013: Lauren O'Connell
2014: Josh Lillvis
2015: Arseny Finkelstein

1987: Anne M. Schneiderman
1988: William N. Frost
1989: Caroly A. Shumway
1990: Russell F. Huffman
1991: Michael S. Brainard
1992: Ginger S. Withers
1993: Laura C. Streichert
1994: Eric T. Vu
1995: Ari Berkowitz
1996: Michael B. Ferrari
1997: Christopher L. Passaglia
1998: Kenneth C. Catania
1999: John E. Lewis
2000: Anthony Leonardo
2001: Joseph A. Sisneros
2002: Daphne Soares
2003 Jörg Oestreich
2004 Claire N. Balint
2005: Mimi H. Kao
2006: DaYu Lin
2007: Kevin L. Briggman
2008: Marcos Gridi-Papp & Stanley Heinze
2009: Simon Peron & Aaron Andalman
2011: Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido
2012: Michael Yartsev
2013: Lauren O'Connell
2014: Josh Lillvis